Perspective

Memorial Day weekend has traditionally been such a tease: The long hours frolicking around Atwood Lake followed by late nights with perfectly-toasted marshmallows result in the first shades of sun-tanned skin– disguised as sunburn and mosquito bites, of course– and hold the promise of a seemingly infinite number of carefree summer adventures yet to come. This year, […]

“Big Arms! Fast Feet!”

“Coach Mallory, how many more minutes left?” Deep breaths, I tell myself as I glance at the clock, muster a grin and say, “Streamline off the wall! First person, ready, go!”–  strategically allowing myself to avoid the inevitable groans and splashy revenge that would ensue if I disclosed that there are, indeed, 40 minutes left of our hour-long […]

Say “Trees!”

This summer, people find Cleveland synonymous with two national spotlights: the Cavaliers’ NBA title and the Republican National Convention. The quieter, simpler attractions in Northeast Ohio are often overlooked by the teams and museums that make The Land famous (or infamous); however, there are scores of natural exhibits that, in my mind, Trump the city’s headline-earning events. (Feel […]

A Red, Red Sunset

Ahhh… Summer break! I thought to myself, hopefully yet naively as I punctuated the last sentence of my last final of my first year of college. One year down, three and a half glorious months of sheer freedom from academia to go.  At the time, three and a half months of summer break seemed unfathomable– there […]

A Sunset Swim

Bright, erupting sunsets cascading down over a body of water that reflect so vibrantly I can’t even tell where the sky ends and the water begins are undeniably my favorite phenomena to witness, even when they signal the end to a magnificent vacation. After several rounds of cards lazily played as we lounged around in […]